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Thank you to our sponsors for their support of the 2023 International Symposium. 

Gold Sponsors

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Blackhagen Design

BH is an interdisciplinary, usability research and design firm. At our core, user-centered methodologies drive innovation and sustainable product development of safety-critical devices and systems. Our team of Human Factors Engineers has extensive experience in applied Usability Engineering processes for medical R&D. We can conduct a single usability test or manage the entire Usability Engineering file for your system or device. Utilizing our experience with product design and development, we can support the integration.

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Emergo by UL

The Emergo HFR&D team has decades of cumulative experience serving medical and non-medical industry clients. The common thread across hundreds of product development projects has been helping clients succeed.


We helped client succeed by:

  • Ensuring that human factors research and design efforts have complied with regulatory requirements and industry standards

  • Ensuring that the right level of creativity and energy has been expended to ensure that the end product delivers an excellent user experience.

  • Guiding them to make appropriate levels of investment in human factors research and design to achieve their commercial goals.

  • Delivering trustworthy advice on how to leverage internal and external resources to bring safe, effective, usable, and satisfying products to market.

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THRIVE is a strategic design firm innovating at the frontiers of health and well-being. We have extensive experience applying human factors to products ranging from medical devices used by specialized healthcare professionals in clinical environments to combination products used by laypeople in the home to in-vitro diagnostic systems or reprocessing workflows used by technicians in the lab. Regardless of the type of product you’re developing or the users you’re designing for, we’re here to help. Reach out today.


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Silver Sponsors

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Design Science

Advancing the cutting edge of medicine; promoting safety in healthcare; collaborating with the foremost life science companies; all the while nurturing employees’ creativity and providing them with an enviable work-life balance. The usability engineering firm located in Philadelphia, Chicago, and Munich puts patients and their support team at the center of medical technology advancements.

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Eurofins Human Factors MD

Since 2001, we have provided solid Human Factors expertise to the world's largest and smallest pharmaceutical and med tech companies. With an average of 25 years experience, our seasoned Technical Directors have what it takes to design and execute an HFE program that meets regulatory and business expectations.


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HFUX Research is a human factors and user experience consultancy specializing in MedDev, MedTech, pharmaceutical and combination product research and development. Our mission is to empower organizations around the globe – from startups to Fortune 500s – to realize their HFUX goals. Our priority is to advocate for clinicians and patients to create safe and satisfying user experiences through innovative human-centered design. We realize there is no ‘cookie-cutter’ solution for all. We provide customized HFUX strategies and solutions tailored to every clients’ individual R&D needs. Whether you are inventing the world’s first computer-aided aortic occlusion catheter or designing smart infusion pump systems for patients at home, our multidisciplinary team provides HFUX expertise for your needs. At HFUX, human factors is not just a regulatory requirement; it is our philosophy.

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Veranex Solutions

Veranex is a global medical device solution provider that brings expertise in design and engineering, human factors, regulatory affairs, quality systems, preclinical studies, clinical trial strategy/execution, data management, reimbursement, and market access together with integrated support across your entire product life cycle.  By uniting these industry-leading service organizations - IMMR, Experien Group, Ximedica, Worrell, Boston Healthcare Associates, Quartesian, Fusion Biotec, Devicia, and Medidee - Veranex delivers expert guidance that accelerates your speed to market, controls development costs, mitigates development risk, and accelerates market viability assessment. From concept-to-commercialization, Veranex customers realize efficiencies in cost and time through integrated and comprehensive solutions that unify your entire development process.

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Keynote Speaker Sponsor

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Pairing human ingenuity with technology

Since 1995, Intuitive has advanced minimally invasive care through advanced robotic systems, end-to-end learning, and value-added services. As one of the pioneers of robotic-assisted surgery, our da Vinci surgical system is used today by surgeons to deliver a less invasive approach to many types of surgery. And when cancer is suspected in the lung, our Ion endoluminal system enables biopsy of small, hard-to-reach nodules. Working with physicians and hospitals around the world, we’re helping solve hard problems in healthcare.


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Poster Reception Sponsor

Research Collective

Research Collective is an experienced Human Factors Engineering and User Experience consultancy with a mission to make medical products usable, desirable, and most importantly, safe. Let us assist you with your HF research, UX design, and regulatory compliance.

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Mobile Health Applications for Consumers Design Competition Sponsor

Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE)

BCPE certification will help you differentiate yourself amongst your peers, signaling to future employers that you have achieved proficiency regarding human centered design considerations. You demonstrate understanding of: 1) full perspectives of a problem; 2) physical and cognitive limitations of humans; 3) context of use and influence of the environment that affects behavior; and, 4) seeing the value of features to a user, yet identifying what design characteristics are needed. Visit us at our exhibit!

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Exhibit Hall Coffee Break Sponsor


Agilis Consulting Group

Agilis is your trusted human factors partner for the global medical market. Our mission is to help our clients provide end users with safer and more reliable medical devices and we are proud of our success rate! Choosing Agilis as your human factors partner provides the advantage you need to navigate the complex global regulatory landscape and achieve successful human factors submission the first time!

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